The seventh day of the week and a day of rest. Also use this tag for questions that apply equally to Yom Tov and Shabbat.

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Cooking Cholent Right before Shabbos

Is there anything wrong with putting up a cholent to cook right before Shabbos?
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What are the rabbinic opinions about an apartment building requiring an eruv?

From the Mishna in Eruvin, it's clear that if a bunch of houses are in an enclosed courtyard, the courtyard is technically one big resuht hayachid -- private domain -- but because it looks like a ...
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C-Section Different for Bris

Why is it that a baby born on Shabbos via C-Section cannot have a bris 8 days later [on Shabbos]? Source: http://mi.yodeya.com/questions/5763/twin-bris-conundrum/5765#5765
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How exactly was extinguishing used constructively to build the Mishkan/Tabernacle?

One of the 39 categories of forbidden labor on Shabbos is "extinguishing" (mechabeh); how exactly was it used in a constructive fashion when building the Mishkan?
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Why is squeezing a ketchup bottle on Shabbos not considered Dosh (Melechet Dash)?

Why is squeezing a ketchup bottle on Shabbos not considered Dosh (Melechet Dash)?
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Covering the Cake During Kiddush

Many times there is cake, cookies or various other foods out on the table during Kiddush. Is it necessary to cover them (as I sometimes see people do)? Would it make a difference if the cake is going ...
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What sort of covering is required for Challa and cake while making Kiddush?

The Halacha is that we cover the Challa / Cake while we make Kiddush in order not to embarass it (Talmud Yerushalmi as quoted by the Tur, Orach Chaim 271) as we are not making Hamotzi / Mezonos first. ...
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Making Kiddush/Havdalah Twice

Is it okay to say kiddush or havdalah twice in order to be Motzi someone else (e.g. wife)?
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Lighting Sabbath Candles as “Pharisee Propaganda”

Does anyone know of any sources that say that the reason that we light the Shabbos candles is to show that we do use light for Shabbos, as opposed to the Karaites that do not?
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Chopsticks On Shabbos

Are you permitted to Break apart the Chopsticks to use them On Shabbos?
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Saying Yekum Purkan after the Minyan is already up to Av HaRachamim or Ashrei

The Halacha is that a individual not Davening with a Minyan does not say Yekum Purkan. Suppose you are in Shul and for some reason the Chazan finished Yekum Purkan and is already up to Av HaRachamim ...
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Bris on Shabbos

Motivated by the Muktzeh review going on( at least it seems to be what simcha man is doing) at this site. What is allowed and or minhagim of a bris on Shabbos what the status of the Knife mukteh or ...
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Muktzeh in the drawer: remove stuff?

If I have a Muktzeh item in a drawer, can I still get my shirts out of that drawer on Shabbat?
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Keychain with Muktzeh

If I have a Key chain with Muktzeh on it can I use the keys on the Key chain?
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Repayment of Shabas expenditures

Betza 15-16 says that one's allotment of money for the year doesn't include expenditures for Shabas and yom tov, for which one is repaid according to his outlay. (First off, am I reading that right? ...
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Alarm clock handling on Shabbos

Are you allowed to touch an alarm clock on Shabbos?
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Telescope on Shabbos

Can you use and move around a telescope on Shabbos?
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Toiveling Keilim on Shabbos

Can you Toivel Keilim on Shabbos?
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Self-winding wristwatches on Shabbos

Can self-winding wristwatches be used on Shabbos?
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Dancing and singing on Shabbos

Halacha seems to imply it is problematic to partake in these activities on Shabbos yet of late I have noticed it has become a Mitzvah to do it. What is the Halachic Basis for it? And which Posek talks ...
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Ripping on Shabbos

Why can I open a bag of potato Chips and not rip toilet paper?
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Ball Playing on Shabbbos

Is one allowed to play ball on Shabbos?
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cleaning up throw-up

if you have throw-up on a couch and it stinks and the couch is absorbent, how do you clean this up on shabbas? what are the concerns?
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Boat on Shabbos

What is the problem of going on a boat (and by proxy doing elective surgery) less than three days beforehand?
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Shabbos sends a letter to Ibn Ezra

Shabbos sends a letter to Ibn Ezra I heard this in in a shiur can anyone find the text of the letter or if it exists and or summarize it and find out who the source for this Legend is?
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Does anyone permit Shehiya to a gas oven/stove without a blech?

Anyone who has made a fire in their fireplace, especially Erev Shabbos for Leil Shabbos, can appreciate the issue of shema yechate b'gechalim as the fuel dies down (and their supper was not yet ...
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Genral Muktzeh question [closed]

What are the overall rules of Muktzeh and its categories? When is one allowed to move a Muktza object and for what purpose?
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Remove mouse trap on shabbos

Are you allowed to remove a mouse trap with a mouse on it on shabbos?
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Milk container on shabbos

Can you open a milk container on shabbos? also what about those Orange Juie containers that have the straw can you stick them in on shabbos?
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Where did “shabat shalom” come from?

What is the source for the greeting "שבת שלום"? Where is it earliest attested in print? What does it mean?
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Can you remove a sticker from fruit on shabbos?

Is there a problem removing a sticker that was on your apple, orange, etc. on Shabbos?
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brushing sheitals on shabbos

Is it permitted to brush a sheital (wig) on shabbos or yom tov?
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Pre-Havdalah Melacha [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Bootstrapping problem: havdalah ends shabbat (for one who didn't daven ma'ariv) but lighting the candle is melacha? After nightfall before Marriv, or after ...
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Using Liquor for Kiddush [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Minimum Shi'ur for Kiddush on liquor Are you allowed to use other alcohols outside of wine for kiddush and how much must be used? really what i don't understand is ...
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using two plastic cups for Kiddush

I know making kiddush with a plastic cup is problematic because of requirements. I have seen people using two plastic cups: what is the source for this and is it legitimate?
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Chabad Minhag for Shalosh Seudos

Is it true that the Chabad custom is specifically not to wash hands for (and eat) bread for shalosh seudos, and, if so, why?
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Deliveries on Shabbos

This is a two-part question: What do you do if while you are at home during Shabbos, someone knocks at your door, and when you open it a delivery person (UPS/FedEx/USPS/DHL etc.) hands you a package ...
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How does “shabbat speech-reinforcement” work?

How does the technology for shabas-compliant voice amplification referred to on this architecture firm's website work? Is it different technically from a regular microphone setup or is the distinction ...
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What is the actual temperature of Yad Soledes?

What is the actual temperature of Yad Soledes?
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Kugel Questions

We eat Kugel on Shabbos based on the Fact that we got the Maan (RAMAH -Orach Chaim 242:1) The question is why eat the thing in Memory of the Maan on the one day when we did not get any Maan? Also why ...
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Tzoveah on Shabbos

It is going to sound strange but here is the question In the toilet there are these blue things that clean your bathroom with every flush by adding bleach hence it colors the water blue every time you ...
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Bananagrams on Shabbos

Is there a problem with playing Bananagrams on Shabbos because of Borer or any other reason?
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Child and Lights on Shabbos

Can you put a Child who is not Yet old enough to understand (Lo Higyah Lichinuch) Shabbos in front of a Light switch in order that they turn it off or on and is there a difference between the two ...
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Lego on Shabbos

Is Lego Muktzeh? and can Adults use it too?
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Why is the Boro Park eiruv controversial?

I know I might be hitting a touchy subject, but I'm prefacing it with this so I can clarify right away: I don't want a Psak, or who holds what. That's for each person to figure out... I just want to ...
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May a Katan (minor) perform Melachah (“work”) on Shabbath?

In my experience, I've noticed that many people take for granted that if one needs a Melachah to be performed on Shabbath, one may have a minor, especially one under the age of 3, perform what is ...
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Shoveling snow on Shabbos

Regardless of snows muktza status on shabbos, is there an issue in shoveling snow from a paved walk? At worst: If snow is muktza, you are doing tiltul min hatzad letzurach davr mutar since you need ...
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Is Snow Muktza?

Does anyone know good sources that talk about this issue? Perhaps we can divide this into 3 categories: Is snow generally muktza since it has no practical use (as opposed to rainwater which has ...
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Where is the Sambatyon?

Where is the Sambatyon? Is there really a river somewhere that throws stones all week and rests on Shabbos?
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Asara B'Teveis on a Friday

This year Asara B'Teveis came out on a Friday. Suppose you would Daven Mincha before Plag and Kaballas Shabbos right after Plag and come home when it is still light outside, would you be allowed to ...